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MOLINE, Ill., Sept. 23 /CNW/ -- Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is among 25 employers in 17 states named as "Best Employers for Workers over 50" by the AARP - an award that is the only one of its kind in the country. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over.

In announcing this year's Best Employers, AARP President Jim Parkel said the list highlights the outstanding efforts of employers to give employees aged 50 and older greater flexibility and training to upgrade their skills. He said this emphasis is a sure indicator of the growing importance of the older worker to the success of individual companies.

AARP said that each of the honorees excelled in many of the categories that were evaluated. The criteria include recruitment practices (including former or retired employees), continuing opportunities for advancement, flexible work schedules, and benefits for current and retired employees.

"This award is significant in that it highlights Deere & Company's overall efforts to attract and retain employees from all segments of the population. We are honored to be named to the list and view it as recognition of our efforts to provide continuing career opportunities for our employees," said Mert Hornbuckle, vice president of human resources for Deere & Company.

The honorees represent a diverse group in terms of size, ranging from internationally known firms such as Deere as well as Volkswagen of America, Inc., Whirlpool Corporation and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., to smaller employers such as Ultratech, Inc., of San Jose, CA, and Brethren Village of Lancaster, PA. -- each with a few hundred employees.

The AARP Best Employers for Workers over 50 will be honored at a dinner in New York City on Wednesday. AARP said the honorees were selected after it invited employers to apply for the Best Employer designation by describing their innovative practices toward 50 and over workers in an extensive questionnaire.

A consulting firm, NFO WorldGroup of Atlanta, GA, did the preliminary rating of responses. Then a panel of five outside judges - including human resources experts, academics and experts on aging workforce issues - selected the finalists. The AARP magazine will include feature stories on the Best Employers in the November-December issue.


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